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Credit Card Security Breach with North Country Business Partners

Five businesses in the Northland may have been affected by a¬†credit or debit card security breach. Five businesses in the Northland may have been affected by a¬†credit or debit card security breach. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: February 19, 2019 05:54 PM

A company that helps retailers and other businesses process credit card transactions is warning of potential data breaches at dozens of locations nationwide, including four in the Northland.

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North Country Business Products announced Tuesday they had a data security incident that may have allowed unauthorized access to consumers credit or debit card information. The security breach occurred at some of the companies business partner restaurants.  

According to a news release, businesses in Duluth, Ashland, Bemidji, and Cass Lake made the list as well as a number of businesses in the Twin Cities and across the country.

LOCALLY:

  • Dunn Brothers Coffee of Bemidji, MN (Transactions Occurring on 1/4/2019)
  • Dunn Brothers Coffee of Duluth, MN (Transactions Occurring from 1/4/2019 to 1/10/2019)
  • Memorial Medical Center of Ashland, WI (Transactions Occurring on 1/4/2019)
  • Stony Point Resort of Cass Lake, MN (Transactions Occurring on 1/4/2019)

The list released by NCBP also included The Ranch Supper Club of Hayward, Wis., but a co-owner of the business told WDIO that were not actually affected by the data breach. The Ranch said they use NCBP for technical support, but do not use their hardware or software for credit card transactions.

Consumers who used credit or debit cards at one of the NCBP partner restaurants between January 3 to 24, 2019 may have had their payment information stolen. The data includes cardholder’s name, credit card number, expiration date, and CVV. 

NCBP learned of suspicious activity on January 4 and brought in forensic investigators to determine the nature and scope of the activity. North Country has since corrected the issue. 

North Country takes this incident and the security of our customers’ information very seriously. The company has updated processes to further strengthen its systems to protect its business partners’ customer debit or credit card information and will continue to work with third-party experts to help ensure the highest levels of security.

North Country said it is notifying all potentially affected customers. They say people with questions can call 1-877-204-9537, Monday through Friday (excluding U.S. holidays), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time.

If you think you may have been affected by this security breach, review your account statements and credit reports carefully. If you see any suspicious activity, report it to the bank that issued your credit card. 

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